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RMTC WEEKLY NEWS – JUNE 22

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The Royal Melbourne Tennis Club
134 Years
22 June 2016 Weekly News
Head Professional: Frank Filippelli (pros@rmtc.com.au)
Editor: John Woods-Casey


KEY DATES: 
 
JULY

  • 5&7           Junior Clinics (u16)                                                      Pros
  • 10             Christmas in July Mixed Doubles                                 F Hewson
  • 24             RMTC v MCCRTS                                                      M Carroll/A Gould
  • 30-1 Aug    Victorian Open Singles & Doubles                             Pros

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PRO SHOP

Frank Filippelli

New Stock in the Pro Shop – Tracksuit Pants
The weather is cooling down now and the last of summer seems to have gone. The time has come for a change of tennis kit and we have the perfect solution, try out our latest addition to the Pro Shop. The tracksuit pants have been sourced from Babolat in France and will keep your legs toasty warm and looking trim, taut and terrific on court.

Tournament Reports
International Tennis Day – Monday 20th June
Carol Miller
On a cold wet grey Monday morning in Melbourne we all agreed there was no place we’d rather be than on the real tennis court!

Six adult players (Anne and Geoff Dempster, Kathryn Arndt, Michael Hurley, Charlie Wright and Carol Miller) took to the courts for International Tennis Day.  We played doubles and singles matches and all games were very enjoyable and sociable.  We were also joined by Lily Fee who is only 11 years old.  She took to the game like a duck to water with some great serves using the standard racket and traditional balls.

Afterwards we enjoyed a magnificent lunch of roasted chicken and vegetables cooked by Fred Kininmonth.  Thanks so much Fred, it finished off the day perfectly.

Here is Lily Fee’s recollection of the day.
“Today at the RMTC we celebrated International Tennis Day.  My Mum, Kathryn, played with a very nice man called Michael.  My Mum played very well but unfortunately lost (5/6).  I got to do the ‘marking’ (scoring) of the game.  It was a challenge but luckily I had John and Charlie to help me.

When I finished watching Mum’s game I went and had a hit with John, Carol and Annie.  We practised serving and hits off the penthouse.

After we finished playing we went down to the dining room and had some beautiful roast chicken with beans, gravy and roast vegetables.

I had a really good day.”
By Lily Fee (11 yrs)

Upcoming Tournaments
School Holiday Junior (U16) Clinics – Tuesday & Thursday, 5th & 7th July
School holidays are on us again, this week for some and next week for others but at least the week of the 5th and 7th of July for all, and by the second week of holidays kids will be bored of sitting at home enjoying themselves all day. Why not bring your little ones in and let us look after them for an hour; we’ll play games, hit tennis balls and make merry while you have a break in one of the many terrific cafes and you never know, you may even have a future world champion when you get home.

Christmas in July Handicap Doubles – Sunday 10th July
It’s that time again, we’re almost half way through the year, the weather’s cooled down and those of us more accustomed to the cooler climes of the Northern Hemisphere are itching to get into the kitchen and prepare a piping hot feast to keep us warm. Unfortunately we’re not in the Northern Hemisphere but don’t worry, the Royal Melbourne Tennis Club has you covered with the Christmas in July Handicap Doubles including Christmas lunch. Contact the pro shop or come in to sign up and join the festivities.

See you on court
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SOCIAL

Paul Andrews

First Friday of the Month Drinks have returned!
Back by popular demand is the First Friday of the Month Drinks (FFotMD for short). It will start next month on Friday 1st July, kicking off at 6pm with happy hour drink prices until 8pm. There will be a light supper served at 7pm for $7 per head. There will be a sign up sheet in the Club for those coming for supper, we encourage everyone to eat with us but please RSVP so we can cater appropriately.
Take this opportunity to come in, maybe have a hit before 6 and enjoy your drinks and supper that much more, and meet with friends old and new to taste the new range of wines stocked in the bar.
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MISCELLANEOUS
Marking Shoes
Members are reminded to ensure that they are wearing non-marking shoes at all times when on court and to check the shoes of their guests.

Annual Bookings
Members are reminded that the Club has function for making annual bookings outside of peak hours (5PM-7PM), please contact the pro shop if you are interested in making a weekly booking.
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RMTC WEEKLY NEWS – JUNE 15

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The Royal Melbourne Tennis Club
134 Years
15 June 2016 Weekly News
Head Professional: Frank Filippelli (pros@rmtc.com.au)
Editor: John Woods-Casey


KEY DATES: 
 
JUNE

  • 18-19        MOFO Tournament in Hobart                                       ???

JULY

  • 5&7           Junior Clinics (u16)                                                         Pros
  • 10             Christmas in July Mixed Doubles                                 F Hewson
  • 24             RMTC v MCCRTS                                                            M Carroll/A Gould
  • 30-1 Aug    Victorian Open Singles & Doubles                             Pros

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PRO SHOP

Frank Filippelli

New Stock in the Pro Shop – Tracksuit Pants
The weather is cooling down now and the last of summer seems to have gone. The time has come for a change of tennis kit and we have the perfect solution, try out our latest addition to the Pro Shop. The tracksuit pants have been sourced from Babolat in France and will keep your legs toasty warm and looking trim, taut and terrific on court.

Tournament Reports
Alan Hamer Cup Club Doubles B Grade – Saturday 11th June
In the “B Grade Division” both pairs (there were only 2) made it into the final without loss.
In a quality match Wayne Spring and Nick Carr defeated Tim Hurburgh and Jonathan Hamer 4/6 6/1 6/2.
The match showed the importance of momentum in doubles with both pairs enjoying surges of winning points. In the end steadiness (also known as getting the ball back over the net and not on the penthouse) and good serving, particularly by Wayne Spring enabled the winning pair to roll their opponents. A most enjoyable match played in good spirit and well marked (thank you Kate).
Jonathan Hamer

Alan Hamer Cup Club Doubles C Grade – Saturday 11th June
It was a big Saturday when the Old Bulls (Henry TurnBULL & Ian BULL) began with a classic measured approach, being unhurried in the paddock when the first games were played in the first semi (well, in truth, the only semi). But, as in the old story, the Old Bulls soon began to score, and were leading 5-4 against the GEDIs (GErald O’Byrne & DIck Friend). Then the GEDI army brought out their unique weapons – the lightsaber “blades of pure energy” – and won the next two for a maiden victory 6-4.

After a blow-by-blow 3-all in the second set, huge crowds witnessed, with the latter evening the scores winning the next three games. Henry had realised the slow-bull approach often worked best, partnering well with the power of the larger Bull. They raced to a 5-3 lead in the final set, and had a 40-0 lead at 5-4, but The Running of the Bulls was over, and the GEDI army were through to the final.

Gerald O’Byrne/Dick Friend  d. Henry Turnbull/Ian Bull  6-4  3-6  6-5

Gerald had not expected to win (G’OB-smacked) and had to cancel his Sunday golf, and Dick’s planned long weekend out of town required a long return trip to town on Sunday morning for the final. The GEDI army were to face the Welch boys (Ed & Hamish). Perhaps they shouldn’t have bothered as youth and beauty prevailed with a 6-0 whitewash in the first set. But the GEDIs did a switcheroo at the beginning of the second set, and managed to save 3 match points at 4-5 down before taking the second set 6-5.

Clearly the GEDIs needed to keep receiving from the same server as in the second set, but the cunning of the Welch twins knows no bounds. They changed who started serving, and in a befuddled state, the GEDI army’s Dick elected to receive the twin in the white hat (from the other end there was no way to tell them part!) and despite the GEDIs saving many match points, the Welch boys won by a resounding 6-0 in the decider. Only after the game, marker Paul Tabley revealed the GEDI error of choosing to receive in the combination that beat them in the first set! The twins stayed Mum, and Dick accused them of switching the white hat from one to other, but acknowledged it was his error. With partners very close in handicap, it amazes how much difference the server/receiver combinations make to results.

Edward Welch/Hamish Welch  d. Gerald O’Byrne/Dick Friend  6-0  5-6  6-0

Upcoming Tournaments

Dark MOFO Tournament in Hobart – Saturday and Sunday 18th, 19th June
The Dark MOFO tournament is being held in Hobart again this year. It is set to coincide with the last weekend of the music and arts festival organised by MONA owner David Walsh and last year’s edition was a terrific success. We need a lady to champion the tournament in Melbourne so if you’re keen to play in Hobart and attend an exciting tournament and weekend please let us know. For details of the tournament see the following newsflash: http://us3.campaign-archive2.com/?u=386f519d0c24151d8ad804255&id=5eac94ac1c&e=818d810531
To sign up please contact the Hobart Real Tennis Club at pro@hobarttennis.com.au

International Tennis Day – Monday 20th June
International Tennis Day aims to increase and improve engagement and awareness of the game we all love so much. In support of it, commemorative doubles matches will be played here during the day and in the evening. There are courts set aside at 11:30am, 12:30pm, 6:30pm and 7:30pm. Please contact the pro shop as soon as possible to get involved in the day and enjoy some tennis.

See you on court
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PRESIDENT
Robert Kininmonth

Congratulations – The Queen’s Birthday Honours List

The Queen’s Birthday Honours List featured two of our now even more esteemed members. Congratulations to Dr. Richard Travers for “service to medical history, to medicine, and to the community” and to Michael Garnett for “service to veterans, to (real) tennis, and to the community”. This is a great honour bestowed on two outstanding gentlemen. Click on these links to see the achievements of Mike Garnett and Richard Travers.

Robert Kininmonth I President
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Marking Shoes
Members are reminded to ensure that they are wearing non-marking shoes at all times when on court and to check the shoes of their guests.

Annual Bookings
Members are reminded that the Club has function for making annual bookings outside of peak hours (5PM-7PM), please contact the pro shop if you are interested in making a weekly booking.
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RMTC WEEKLY NEWS – JUNE 8

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The Royal Melbourne Tennis Club
134 Years
8 June 2016 Weekly News
Head Professional: Frank Filippelli (pros@rmtc.com.au)
Editor: John Woods-Casey


KEY DATES: 
 

JUNE

  • 8               Introduction Night                                                                 President
  • 11-12        Alan Hamer Cup Club Graded Dbls Championship       Pros
  • 18-19        MOFO Tournament in Hobart                                           ???

JULY

  • 5&7           Junior Clinics (u16)                                                             Pros
  • 10             Christmas in July Mixed Doubles                                    F Hewson
  • 24             RMTC v MCCRTS                                                               M Carroll/A Gould
  • 30-1 Aug    Victorian Open Singles & Doubles                               Pros

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PRO SHOP

Frank Filippelli

New Stock in the Pro Shop – Tracksuit Pants
The weather is cooling down now and the last of summer seems to have gone. The time has come for a change of tennis kit and we have the perfect solution, try out our latest addition to the Pro Shop. The tracksuit pants have been sourced from Babolat in France and will keep your legs toasty warm and looking trim, taut and terrific on court.

Upcoming Tournaments

Dark MOFO Tournament in Hobart – Saturday and Sunday 18th, 19th June
The Dark MOFO tournament is being held in Hobart again this year. It is set to coincide with the last weekend of the music and arts festival organised by MONA owner David Walsh and last year’s edition was a terrific success. We need a lady to champion the tournament in Melbourne so if you’re keen to play in Hobart and attend an exciting tournament and weekend please let us know. For details of the tournament see the following newsflash: http://us3.campaign-archive2.com/?u=386f519d0c24151d8ad804255&id=5eac94ac1c&e=818d810531
To sign up please contact the Hobart Real Tennis Club at pro@hobarttennis.com.au

Tournoi Des Tripots 2016 – 29th Sept – 4th Oct
If you are interested in playing in the 3-court Real Tennis handicap doubles tournament planned for this year in South West France, please save the dates 29th September – 4th October. The tournament is scheduled not to conflict with any other events in the European Real Tennis calendar, the French Open (19–25th September), The Wellington Opening Event (23–25th September) and the Queen’s Autumn Handicap Weekend (6–9th October).

If you indicate your interest, a confirmation and further details will be sent to you by the organisers in the next few weeks. Your team commitment will be required by the end of August, and entries will close on September 5th. We anticipate participation of 16 teams of 4/5 players.

Please see the bottom of this email for full details of the tournament and entry information. If interested Kate Paton will be our liaison, please contact the pro shop for her contact details.

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MISCELLANEOUS
Marking Shoes
Members are reminded to ensure that they are wearing non-marking shoes at all times when on court and to check the shoes of their guests.

Annual Bookings
Members are reminded that the Club has function for making permanent weekly bookings outside of peak hours (5PM-7PM), please contact the pro shop if you are interested in making a weekly booking.

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TOURNOI DES TRIPOTS 2016
Save the Date

If you are interested in playing in the 3-court Real Tennis handicap doubles tournament planned for this year in South West France, please save the dates 29th September – 4th October. The tournament is scheduled not to conflict with any other events in the European Real Tennis calendar, the French Open (19–25th September), The Wellington Opening Event (23–25th September) and the Queen’s Autumn Handicap Weekend (6–9th October).

If you indicate your interest, a confirmation and further details will be sent to you by the organisers in the next few weeks. Your team commitment will be required by the end of August, and entries will close on September 5th. We anticipate participation of 16 teams of 4/5 players.

Les Tripots (The Three Courts)
The three courts secured for us by Isabelle Riou for 2016 are La Bastide Clairence, Dongaitz in Urrugne, and the Maubec court in St. Andre Bayonne.

Competition Format
The tournament will be arranged and charged for in teams of a recommended number of 5 players. Teams of only 4 may enter, which maximises court time, but limits options for substitution in case of injuries. A team may also consist of more than 5 players, to allow later participants (extra players will be charged accordingly), but each player with have correspondingly less court time.

During the round-robin stage, which will run from Thursday to Monday, each team will play 2 matches of 4 rubbers (of first to 6 game sets) on each of the 3 courts. Each team member may play a maximum 2 rubbers at each court visit, but not with the same partner.

This is primarily a handicap doubles tournament, but it will also be possible for teams to elect to play 2 singles rubbers at La Bastide Clairence with prior agreement from the opposing team.

Monday afternoon and Tuesday will be dedicated to the knock-out stages of the tournament (and the Plate competition).
2 Teams will submit their best 5 results from the Round-Robin to proceed to the Draw for the knockout stages of the tournament on Monday and Tuesday.

Teams of 5 or more players should declare themselves as soon as possible, together with the team name, team captain (and contact details), players and handicaps, and likely start date. Individual handicaps will be capped at 65.
If any team has an insufficient number of players, every effort will be made to find additional players for them. Any individual player wishing to join a team in this way will need to flex their schedule to accommodate the host team.

Timing
Match-play will be organized so that each team starting on Thursday or Friday may have a ‘day off’ (i.e. not be required to play) for at least one day.

It will be possible for teams to start in the afternoon of Friday 30th September, or first thing in the morning on Saturday 1st October, for those needing to guard their desks a little longer.

Organised events:
There will be two or more semi-organised dinners, as well as a grand finale dinner on Tuesday 4th after the final day of the knock-out stages, prospectively at Chateau D’Arcangues, hosted by the 9th Marquis d’Iranda, Michel D’Arcangues.
1. An opening drinks gathering will be held on the evening Thursday 29th at the Bayonne court to welcome the participants and professionals
2. Casual ad-hoc dinners will be booked each evening of the tournament – a dinner in San Sebastien will be organized on Saturday
3. Grand Finale Dinner – Monday 3 rd – Cocktails at Chateau D’Arcangues, followed by Dinner at Auberge d’Achtal: €90 (£75) per diner

Tournament Costs:
1. Tournament costs (court usage and markers) per team: €750 (£600)*
2. Teams may add players to their team (after the first 5 players) at a cost of €75 per player (£60) – allowing late-joiners to participate
3. Individuals without a team, or looking to have a team organized are welcome: €150 per player (£120) Chateau D’Arcangues

Accommodation
It is assumed that most visitors will wish to stay somewhere near the coast, providing an enormous number of excellent options between St Jean de Luz, Biarritz, and Bayonne, or a sampling of village life in the very attractive La Bastide Clairence. Hotel costs range from €50 (£40) per night. www.booking.com offer a wide variety of hotels, free of cancellation charges in case better options appear.

Optional nearby accommodation will be available for the night of the pre-final dinner on Monday 3 rd October, at Pierre Vacances, to alleviate transportation problems from the dinner.

Travel options
You will certainly need access to motorized transport whilst you are in the region. Rental cars are very reasonable at this time of year, at about €40 (£30) per day.
– Driving to Bayonne is a realistic option, with ferries to Santander / Bilbao as well as the Normandy coast (www.brittany-ferries.com)
– There is a fast train from Paris to Bordeaux, followed by slower options to Biarritz (www.sncf.fr)
– Flights from the UK can be taken from Heathrow, Gatwick or Stansted, flying into Bordeaux or Biarritz – return flights from the UK are currently available for less than €130 (£100). Airlines to use include British Airways, EasyJet and Ryanair.

The Organisers
The Tournament Directors for the 2016 tournament are:
Court Management:                 Isabelle Riou
Communications:                     Simon Mansfield
Events:                                        Cecile Alchuteguy
Handicapping & Referee:       David Bryant
The Draw, and Treasurer:      Simon Berry

Further details
Please let me know of your interest in playing in the tournament and we shall provide further information later this month.
We are all looking forward to seeing you there!
Simon Mansfield
M: 07973 297263
E: TTT2016@gmail.com

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RMTC Weekly News – June 1

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The Royal Melbourne Tennis Club
134 Years
1 June 2016 Weekly News
Head Professional: Frank Filippelli (pros@rmtc.com.au)
Editor: John Woods-Casey
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KEY DATES:

JUNE
• 8 Introduction Night President
• 11-12 Alan Hamer Cup Club Graded Dbls Championship Pros
• 18-19 MOFO Tournament in Hobart ???

JULY
• 5&7 Junior Clinics (u16) Pros
• 10 Christmas in July Mixed Doubles F Hewson
• 24 RMTC v MCCRTS M Carroll/A Gould
• 30-1 Aug Victorian Open Singles & Doubles Pros

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PRO SHOP
Frank Filippelli

2016 Real Tennis World Championship Update
We have a new World Champion!
In one of the best displays of real tennis in living memory, Camden Riviere has won the title of World Champion ending the reign of Rob Fahey after 22 years, 2 months and 5 days. Camden comprehensively outplayed Rob throughout the full 3 days of play winning the first and second days 3 sets to 1 and the first set on the final day to take the match 6/4 6/3 6/2 4/6 6/2 6/3 3/6 6/2 6/2. By all accounts Rob was very gracious in defeat making an excellent speech passing on the responsibilities of World Champion to Camden who was also very gracious paying homage to Rob’s successes on and off the court and taking on the challenge of growing and improving the game from his new position. Many thanks and praise must go to the National Tennis Club, Newport RI, for hosting and organising the event so successfully and providing outstanding coverage for the Championships to be enjoyed in all corners of the real tennis playing world. Finally, congratulations to our own Jonathan Howell for a terrific job as match referee and Nick Howell for the enlightening and entertaining commentary throughout the match.
John Woods-Casey

New Stock in the Pro Shop – Tracksuit Pants
The weather is cooling down now and the last of summer seems to have gone. The time has come for a change of tennis kit and we have the perfect solution, try out our latest addition to the Pro Shop. The tracksuit pants have been sourced from Babolat in France and will keep your legs toasty warm and looking trim, taut and terrific on court.

Tournament Reports
Quarterly Medal #2
Players booking their place in the Medal of Medallists draw on Finals Day with wins in this Quarterly Medal were Jeremy Hawkins (by a margin of one game in a very tight pool), Charlie Hooper (blitzing the group with 4 wins from 4 matches, Kathryn Arndt (also with 4 wins from 4 matches), and Roger Wood (winning the pool with a tight win in the last match of the day). Congratulations and thanks to everyone who played and Paul Andrews for providing the refreshments and lunch for the day.

Womens Handicap Doubles 2016
Four determined doubles pairs took to the courts last Sunday for a round robin in the Women’s Handicap Doubles tournament. With handicaps ranging from 37 to 85 we had a mix of players from newcomers to winners of the Womens Australian Amateur Championships. Being a newcomer to the game I was very thankful for the handicap advantage, although I am sure my opponents did not feel the same way. Excellent tennis was displayed in all games and there were some closely fought matches. The final was a nail biter as Julie Davis and Anne Maree Lester took an early lead and were ahead 5/3. Newcomers Judy Collins and Carol Miller slowly fought back to win 8/7. Thanks to all the players, markers and organisers and particularly thank you to all the players for their support and patience towards us new players of the game. Thanks also to John for explaining the handicap rules before Judy and I went on the court!

Carol Miller

Upcoming Tournaments

Introductory Evening – Wednesday 8th June
The Club is always looking for potential new members and this is a perfect opportunity to introduce someone to the Club and our wonderful game. Run in the evening from 6-8PM, this event is usually well subscribed with 10 or more new players all seeing the game with fresh eyes. Take this opportunity and bring someone new to the game in to experience our game under the guidance of the professionals. There are now 14 signed up to this event leaving room for another 1-2 new players.

Alan Hamer Club Doubles, B & C Grade – Saturday and Sunday 11th, 12th June
The graded Club Doubles competition is coming up with the B and C Grades being played over one weekend and the Main Draw to be played later in the year. The graded competition is open to any players handicap 12-35 so put your name down and get involved in a weekend of high quality doubles. This is also a good opportunity for any masters pairs to get some early competition practice ahead of the Australian Masters in September.

Dark MOFO Tournament in Hobart – Saturday and Sunday 18th, 19th June
The Dark MOFO tournament is being held in Hobart again this year. It is set to coincide with the last weekend of the music and arts festival organised by MONA owner David Walsh and last year’s edition was a terrific success. We need a lady to champion the tournament in Melbourne so if you’re keen to play in Hobart and attend an exciting tournament and weekend please let us know. For details of the tournament see the following newsflash: http://us3.campaign-archive2.com/?u=386f519d0c24151d8ad804255&id=5eac94ac1c&e=818d810531
To sign up please contact the Hobart Real Tennis Club at pro@hobarttennis.com.au

See you on court
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MISCELLANEOUS
Marking Shoes
Members are reminded to ensure that they are wearing non-marking shoes at all times when on court and to check the shoes of their guests.

Annual Bookings
Members are reminded that the Club has function for making permanent weekly bookings outside of peak hours (5PM-7PM), please contact the pro shop if you are interested in making a weekly booking.

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